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happen to like, is going anywhere. >> what do you like about it? >> the deficit is going down considerably. >> is that from fiscal reform or from the economy growing? >> i think it is both. the sequester, which i did not happen to think is an intelligent approach, has been effective. have beenwe increasing revenue because of the economic recovery and the composition of the recovery. those two things and some others have resulted in the deficit coming down considerably. it is projected at 3.1% of gdp. it is way down. it was over 9%. we should step back and recognize that is good progress. you could debate who is responsible, but it is good progress. second, some of the initiatives, let's just take infrastructure, are so vitally needed. both sides agree, it is just how to pay for it. it is not going anywhere. senator johnson is right. it is an election year. this budget will just sit there and not be acted on. >> senator, you are saying it does not address the big issues, which you mentioned, entitlement spending. there were no big numbers around cutting social security or any o
the deficit sharply. that will end the corrupt subsidies to the coal and gas sector. >> where does this leave the eu? this is a country that if it were to become part of the eu would be bringing on a whole a lot of problems. it is effectively another grease type situation in terms of being in debt. eu'soes that leave the feeling toward ukraine knowing if they were to welcome them in, they would be taking on most -- a host of economic problems. ? one of the wings to bear in mind -- one of the things to bear in mind is that the ukraine is split between the east and west. many people in the west are pro-europe and those in the east are more pro-russia. i think we will have to wait to see what happens with the new government and whether they can forge a national unity before we can start talking about what this will mean for europe. >> thank you very much for joining us and we will continue checking in throughout the day. x and the senior fellow at the peterson institute in washington, d.c. you are looking at a live shot of the deposed ukrainian vichdent victor yanuoklo holding a press conference
to go into deficit as well. russia is ofat to course oil prices. the government spends about 25% of gdp and to keep the budget in balance, capital economics needs 100 $10rice of about per barrel. they are able to get that just barely but as american fracking increases the amount of supply in the world, their chances of getting that are going down. a rush road ahead -- rough road at thisr the economy point. >> if it is such a rough road and all the weakness, why is he risking this? pretend to want to tell you what he is thinking, but maybe it is short-term here. compared to where the u.s. is. russia has a large amount of foreign exchange reserves. they can pay their bills for now even as the current account goes negative. resident who may be gambling if this lasts a short time, they could get in and get out without any further consequences, it is worth the risk. >> thank you. mike mckee. ofturn to another region uncertainty. president obama met with netanyahu at the white house yesterday. closelyries that work in the past and he looks cooked -- looks forward to working with the president
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